Joseph Carman


Paying Homage to a Mentor

By Joseph Carman

When choreographer Zvi Gotheiner left Israel in 1976 to come to New York, he was a young protégé of his dance teacher, Gertrud Kraus. Often considered to be the first lady of Israeli dance, Kraus taught dance not as a bland curriculum but as the making of art. Despite the fact that Kraus died 30 years ago, Gotheiner still feels the power of her wisdom. From March 14 to March 18, under the sponsorship of Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y, Zvi Gotheiner and Dancers is presenting the premiere of “Gertrud,” a tribute to his late teacher, at the Ailey Citigroup Theater at the Joan Weill Center for Dance, located midtown at 55th Street and Ninth Avenue.Read More


A Dance Pioneer Gets Her Due

By Joseph Carman

Anna Sokolow’s name may not seem familiar, not even to diehard New Yorkers. But her legacy has been felt — directly or indirectly — by nearly every choreographer since the mid-20th century. An artist who probed deeply into social and political issues, Sokolow also demonstrated a startling versatility: as a teacher and mentor at The Juilliard School; as a choreographer who scrutinized events, from the Holocaust to the alienation of youth in the 1960s; as an instrumental advocate for establishing modern dance in Israel, and with her groundbreaking input as a choreographer and director for such Broadway theater hits as Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” and the rock musical “Hair.” On December 10, Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y presents the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble in “70 Years of Sokolow at the 92nd Street Y,” a tribute to the long-term partnership, which began in 1936, between the institution and the late choreographer.Read More


Israeli Dance Invades Lincoln Center Fest

By Joseph Carman

The Lincoln Center Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, showcases globally diverse artistic troupes that have distinctive performance styles. In keeping with that ideal, Nigel Redden, the festival’s director, has booked performances by three contemporary Israeli dance companies that represent the vivid intensity and cerebralRead More


Disjointed Poetry

By Joseph Carman

When Heidi Latsky was 11 years old, her mother suffered a meningioma, a brain tumor that led to her slow and ultimately fatal physical decline. For the next 35 years, the odyssey that Latsky, her family and her mother experienced until her death in 2004 elicited a maze of thoughts, memories and emotions. From May 11 to May 14 at Danspace ProjectRead More


Fragmented Memories

By Joseph Carman

Throughout her childhood, Deborah Damast heard bits and pieces of stories about her father’s escape from Krakow, Poland, before the Nazi invasion. As a choreographer, she felt that there was an important statement in dance to be gleaned from that material, but she didn’t want to exploit anyone else’s experience. The brutal assault ofRead More



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